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Mike & I, May 8 2010 - our wedding day. Too bad we're so unhappy together :)

Short run March 20, 2011 - already, much warmer in Texas!


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My husband (FranklyAmused, real name Mike) joined Sparks 3 weeks before I did, leading the way. Finally I decided to actually commit to working toward health using Sparks - after all, I'd been exercising and doing portion control. We both want to be healthy so we can continue to enjoy our time together.

We are seeing wonderful changes, too - we began in May to use Sparks, purchased an elliptical trainer, and embarked on a mission to learn as we went about nutrition and fitness. Our already healthy vegan diet became even better in terms of balance (it is possible to be a 'junk food vegan' and certainly, to fail to watch portion size).

I'm adding this note in mid-November. We've joined a nearby gym, and do strength training 5-6 days per week, and have been walking/running at a local park. Both of us began just by walking, then have begun to run in small intervals, increasing as our bodies felt right about it. Today I am beyond pleased to have run a total of around 1 3/4 miles, with 2 1/8 mile intervals of walking. Better still, Mike is running the ENTIRE circuit, which is around 2 miles straight. Several months ago, we began with 1/8 mile, which was really pushing it!

Mike is looking tall and (shockingly!) thin - it is a major thrill to see him run. Nice legs, too :) It's going to take me a little longer, and I doubt I ever look tall, but hey - I can dream! His legs are approximately twice as long as mine, or so it seems.

We've ordered some tennis rackets online and are looking forward to having fun and a good workout with those. It's truly wonderful to enjoy ourselves in an active way like this. Sure beats couch potato-hood.


Member Since: 6/15/2010

Fitness Minutes: 11,136

My Goals:
Related to Spark: It's about weight loss but even more, it's about health.

Related to life: it's about the journey.

Related to my dissertation: FINISH IT (argh)

Bring it on down (to specific goals):
Goal weight: 135 and holding
Mini weight goal: 195 by Sept 30 *Done 9/15!*
Reward: new shorts to work out in
Mini weight goal: 190 by 9/30
Reward: Tennis rackets!
11/15: Done! I hit a plateau, but that happens.

Fitness: run 1 mile without collapsing :)
DONE!!!! Onward to 2 miles.
Note: this was a mile in intervals. Today (11/28/2010) I ran approximately 1 1/4 miles without pause, for the first time!
New goal: 1 1/2 miles without pause

Size: 10
Mini size goal: 16
Reward: new slacks and top
Done! Well - you know how womens' clothes are. I still wear some 1x stuff - and in some brands, 1x=14-16.
New goal: 175: running skirt!

My Program:
I'm tracking nutrition and doing strength training, as well as interval work in walking/running. We use the nutrition tracker as a planning device, rather than as a way to reflect what we've already eaten.

Personal Information:
FranklyAmused and I are in Texas and we motivate one another - we're also newlyweds! We're also vegan, though he's been vegan way longer. We love curries and cooking. He does almost all the cooking right now because I'm working on my dissertation.

Other Information:
It's hard for me to come up with interesting stuff about me right now because what I do is: work. When I'm done with that, I work. I do allow myself to read fiction (or non research related literature) in bed, which means 1) it takes forever to finish things an 2) most of my books have bent pages (surprised they're not drooled on, too!)

Note added: I lied. I also work on the 3 courses I'm teaching.

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    2532 days ago
    Glad to see you are still around! Hope you are taking time to get your fitness in even though you are really busy. How is the progress towards your study? Hope you are seeking an end in sight.
    2532 days ago
    Congratulations! You are a SparkPoints leader on the THIS is What a Feminist Looks Like team this week! Keep on Sparking!
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    Thanks for the comment!! I definitely agree with getting away. i think I've gotten better in the past year... I used to get away by just eating or watching TV or something. Now I definitely plug exercise in there... it really is one of the best study breaks there is!!

    Unfortunately I still do struggle with the food part.... but I'm going to keep getting better!!! Hope everything is going well with you!
    2577 days ago
    Happy May! Make this month count! Hope you have a wonderful wedding anniversary too. How's the dissertation coming? I had one of my research articles published last month, and just submitted another! Have you finihed conducting all of your interviews?
    2581 days ago
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